Week In Geek: 29 October-4 November 2012

Paul King, one of the speakers at Thursday's Geek Lates.

London events for people with curious minds.

Monday 29 October

ATOMIC: This month’s Art History in the Pub at the Monarch in Camden Town dabbles with science, looking at how the atomic age was portrayed in art, as well as molecular models used by scientists to visualise the very small. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Tuesday 30 October

POX: Sir Richard Evans gives a Gresham talk at the Museum of London about the history of syphilis, focussing on its introduction from the Americas in the wake of Columbus’s voyages of discovery. Free, just turn up, 6pm

ARCHITECTURE: The monthly late opening of RIBA on Portland Place focuses on the use of colour in architecture, with talks, exhibitions, tours and film. Free, just turn up, 6-10pm

DESIGN: A new book invited 100 artists to redesign the Tube roundel. A V&A talk tonight featuring Yinka Shonibare, Georgina Starr and Jonathan Glancey, picks over the project, highlighting some of the best examples. £9, 7pm

CHEMICAL COSMOS: Steve Miller is the guest speaker at this month’s Cosy Science event, once again at the Cittie of Yorke. The topic is the chemistry of space. Free, 7pm

HISTORY: This month’s History in the Pub, hosted by Londonist M@ and London Historians, delves into sickness, health and medicine. Expect a couple of talks, a bit of music, a mini-quiz with prizes, and an open mic session for anyone who wants to share an historical anecdote. £3, prebook, 7pm

SKEPTICS: Meet Rhys Morgan, the teenager who risks libel suits and worse by taking on companies who sell questionable therapies and miracle cures to an unsuspecting public, at this month’s Skeptics in the Pub, the Monarch, Camden Town. £2, 7.30pm

HEAL THE WORLD: The world is full of problems, but there are also plenty of people working on innovative solutions. Join researchers at UCL for a Focus on the Positive event, in which you get to vote for your favourite idea for change, which will be rewarded with £2,000. £5, prebook, 7pm

Wednesday 31 October

CYBERSECURITY: How safe are Europe’s transport systems from the dangers of malicious code? A talk at Imperial College tonight takes a look. Free, prebook, 5.30pm

ALIENS: Tim O’Brien beams in to the Royal Institution to reveal the methods scientists are using to look for life on other planets and round other stars. £10, 6pm

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: This month’s kid-free late opening is themed around the science of alcohol. Expect the usual mix of geeky fun, music, silent disco, speed dating, quizzery and booze. Especially booze. Free, just turn up, 6.45-10pm

SPOOKY ANIMALS: The Grant Museum at UCL explores the role of animals in horror and superstition, drawing on its ever-so-slightly sinister collection of anatomical specimens. £5, just turn up, 6-8pm

Thursday 1 November

GEEK LATES: A new event, taking place in Central Foundation School just off of Old Street, offers a pot pourri of geeky entertainment. Listed diversions at Geek Lates include a sketch notes workshop from Eva Lotta Lamm, short story writing from James Wallis, Domestic Science with Helen Arney, and Arduino workshops with Paul King. £5-£25, 6-10pm

SALON: This month’s Salon event takes place at Foyles Charing Cross Road. A neuroscientist, philosopher and artist come together to explore the light and dark sides of our personalities. £12, book in advance, 6.30pm

ATHEISM: Alom Shaha speaks at Goldsmith’s Humanists Society (Goldsmith’s, New Cross) about his book The Young Atheist’s Handbook, and his experiences as an ex-Muslim atheist. £2, just turn up, 6pm

Friday 2 November

WELLCOME HISTORY: Ross MacFarlane speaks at the Royal Society about Sir Henry Wellcome’s collection, revealing the stories behind the men and women who helped him acquire the medical and anthropological treasures. Free, just turn up, 1pm

LUNCHTIME TALK: UCL’s bite-sized lunchtime lectures today feature a neuroscientist speaking about stroke recovery and an engineering talking about technological tools for empowering non-literate indigenous peoples. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm

DEATH: What would you do with your remaining days if you knew the date of your death? One of the questions explored in tonight’s late opening at Wellcome Collection, with talks, performances and music inspired by death. Free, just turn up, 7-11pm

Saturday 3 November

SHIP AHOY: The Royal Institution have a family fun day devoted to all things nautical. £10, 11am-4pm

Sunday 4 November

MED LIT: Three authors shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize assemble at Wellcome Collection to talk about their writing, which focuses on medicine and health in fiction or non-fiction. Free, prebook, 3pm

Booking Ahead

ART + SCIENCE: The first ever Jugular Experiment takes place on 29 November. The evening, trialled at Secret Garden Party and Wilderness Festival, combines art and science into a cabaret of stories, songs, playlets, dance, games & live science lectures offering a “multi-faceted journey of Space, Gravity, Quantum Dating and Schrodinger’s Cat”. Phew. And all that in a secret London location. To find out more, and book tickets, see Jugular’s Facebook page.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments, or tip us off about future events by emailing matt@londonist.com

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  • moi

    a real geek doesn’t have a mac computer :/